Are you a homophobe-phobe? Are you projecting homophobia onto friends, family, co-workers, or even people on the street that, in fact, doesn't exist?
While actual homophobia is of course all-too-real in the world, "Gay in Theory" by Butler University student (and Sigma Nu fraternity member for two years) Andrew Gelwicks is an eye-opening reminder that it's all-too-easy to project fear, potential rejection and/or judgment onto well-meaning, or even loving, people and situations.
After experiencing a mix of curious glances, dance floor discomfort, random encouragement ("You guys look so cute!" gushed a female wanting a picture), and one awkward tumble into an older fraternity brother while attending his frat's formal (with his male date), Gelwick had mixed feelings about the night, until this moment back at his hotel:
…an older brother in the house walked past, arm-in-arm with his girlfriend. He gave us a quick wink and a hint of a smile, and continued walking. I was surprised -- and that's when I saw how wrong I'd been. All those stares? My friends were probably worried about how skittish I was acting.
Gelwicks then summed up his experience this way:
In many ways, I felt I had betrayed my Sigma Nu brothers. I doubted their compassion when they had been nothing but loyal. After reflecting on this with a friend, I realized I was projecting my homophobia onto others. He declared me a homophobe-phobe. He may just have been right.
This mind-blowing session by author/self-help guru Byron Katie also explores the homophobe-phobe concept, with fascinating -- and spectacular -- results (watch the whole video, you'll be glad you did).
Is it possible you're (even occasionally) a homophobe-phobe, or do you think it's a ridiculous concept? Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments!